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Top message: AT&T to aquire T-Mobile Before Merger With Cingular by lclcvgrep
Replying to: Re: AT&T to aquire T-Mobile Before Merger With Cingular by SPCSVZWJeff
No way this happens! (Thank goodness!) Cingular was seeking a merger partner long before the AWS buyout. T-Mobile was a possibility but DT wanted too much authority in the new company. SBC and BellSouth aren't about to share more than they already are with one another. The acquisition of AWS makes T-Mobile far less attractive unless DT is willing to sell outright, which they would be fools to do. If I were DT, I'd hang around simply because the FCC is sure to force the new Cingular giant to divest itself of some of it's spectrum (just as happened to Verizon) and T-Mobile can be there to buy that spectrum at an extremely reasonable price no doubt. I can see T-Mobile possibly attempting to buy out a smaller fish, such as Triton though. That would make more sense. I expect that as soon as the Cingular merger is finalized and the roaming agreements between Cingular and T-Mobile expire T-Mobile is going to find the price for roaming with the new Cingular is going up significantly.
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